MANHATTAN, Kan. — Kansas State baseball coach Brad Hill has agreed to a new five-year contract that will raise his salary to $265,000 and keep him with the Wildcats through 2018.
By KELLIS ROBINETT
The Kansas City Star
The new deal, announced by K-State on Tuesday, isn’t surprising. The Wildcats are coming off a 45-win campaign, a Big 12 championship and a super regional appearance. It was their best season in program history, and they have the bulk of their roster returning. Locking up Hill, a two-time Big 12 Coach of the Year, for the forseable future was a priority for athletic director John Currie.
“It is an exciting time for K-State Baseball,” Currie said in a statement. “Under Coach Hill’s leadership, our program has continued to develop as evidenced by our first conference championship in 80 years and hosting and winning the school’s first-ever NCAA regional at Tointon Family Stadium.”
The new contract is retroactive to June 15 and extends through the 2018 season. It replaces the five-year deal Hill signed in 2010, which paid him $220,000. Hill’s new contract calls for an average annual compensation of $292,000 as well as several bonuses. If Hill stays at K-State through the 2015 season, he will receive $125,000. He will receive $150,000 if he fulfills the life of his contract.
Hill will also earn an additional percentage of his salary — up to 32 percent — based on how well the team performs and the coaching awards he wins.
“The support we have received at K-State since the day my family and I arrived has been second to none, including the last few years under John Currie,” Hill said in a statement. “The rise of the program is centered on the players and coaching staff, both current and former, that have dedicated themselves to K-State baseball.”
Hill is the second-winningest coach in program history, and enters his 11th season with a 338-243-3 record. He has guided the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament four times.